Yeah, I felt a special affinity to Dorothy and Toto (even if I had to root for them through a double-hand screen when those flying monkeys appeared). I loved how Maria made play clothes from drapes and mastered marionettes. I thought Ken was a rather comely doll. (G.I. Joe’s duds? They’re called fatigues because they’re tired.) I had Donna Summer posters hanging in my bedroom in high school. When I started university, I bailed halfway through fraternity rush week so I could get in line for Barry Manilow tickets. (My first concert ever was Air Supply.) I adored Julie on “The Love Boat”, wavered each week on my favorite Golden Girl and turned every Olivia Newton-John single into a duet. (I’ve said too much.) All this before I ever started mixing with the boys of West Hollywood.
All my childhood and adolescent likes seemed to scream that I was a Gay in the Making. It’s hard for me to think of many non-gay early interests. I liked hockey, but I was lousy at it. I didn’t want to body check anyone and the helmet messed up my hair. (I did think the cards made nice collectibles. And my hero, Ken Dryden, was both smart (a lawyer!) and clean-cut. How nice!) Anything butch? Tonka trucks? No. I preferred Lite-Brite and Doodle Art. I did play with Lego—mostly for the nifty window and door pieces—but I spent more time drawing gardens and placing my animal figurines from Red Rose Tea around the tin foil pond.